With the multitude of J. Crew sales happening lately, I decided to try two of their perfect shirts and see if either resolved my hunt for the perfect plaid shirt.
This shirt was the definite winner of the two for me. The pattern is a little more subtle, and the colors deep and rich. Also, the fabric is incredibly soft. It is definitely more fitted than the tartan shirt, and borderline for me in terms of gaping issues (always have this problem with button down shirts). The pattern is total class though. Love.
Shirt 2: Tartan (find it here)
This shirt has been all over over Pinterest and the blogging world. I have to admit that I didn't love it at first, but it grew on me (especially layered under cream-colored sweaters) and I decided to try it with the sale. It's a crisp cotton compared to the butter-soft fabric of the blackwatch plaid. It also runs bigger (these two shirts are both the same size) which fixed the gaping issue. But the clincher: I felt like a Christmas present in it. The pattern is just not for me.
So, I'm still on the hunt for the perfect plaid shirt. These two are both pricey of course even 25% off (goes with the 'Crew), and neither was perfect enough for me to keep. I do love the black watch though, and the tartan is a nice shirt too if you like the holiday feel to it.